We had a great turn out but if you missed it here’s what you missed. See you next year!
“Sounds Good on Paper”
The exhibition, and catalogue, introduced viewers not only to the creative process, imagery, development and breadth of Gwaai’s artistic practice, but also addresses issues of established cultural and historical notions of Haida art.
Like many young contemporary First Nations artists, Gwaai has struggled against the boundaries of what defines and qualifies First Nations art.
First Nations art is traditionally catagorized by its representation of iconic forms or stylistic modes e.g. Haida art and the ovoid forms. Regardless of its intent, this popular means of classification, based on traditional, or antiquated, iconography has imposed a limiting affect on the work of contemporary First Nations artists who push the boundaries of these formal images.
Gwaai contends that art, which may not fit traditional expectations of Haida “look and feel”, is still Haida art when executed by a Haida artist; it is the origins of an artwork, the cultural history of a people or a movement that helps define and expand an artistic style. Not the other way around.
(taken from catalog introduction by Jeen Yee, March 2012)
Robert Sears has shared the stories behind some of his paintings from his solo show “Shadowplay”.
Where we live we are surrounded by forest; we often walk in the forest on moonlit nights- the trail like a path of moonbeams. I pictured Allison walking in her sleep in her nightgown or in a dream; her spirit will always be in the places we walk
This is a theme from a Japanese woodblock. I am an archer and these two women are also archers- their tattoos and appearance seems like a new order of woman, and yet timeless
Girls In the Rain
This is another theme from a Japanese woodblock- simple and timeless; umbrellas are a favorite motif of mine- colourful protective shields
I once lived in a rooming house with a winding staircase and the wallpaper looked like stars. I remember the young French girls who cleaned the rooms ascending the stairs – like climbing upward toward the light
October Ferry To Gabriola
A tribute to the novel by Malcolm Lowry- Allison on the ferry with Gabriola Island in the background- also an homage to Alex Colville who was an influence on my work
I have explored Chinatown in a few different cities -New York, Vancouver, Victoria- and have always felt a dark mystery of the place- a working girl ascending a darkened stairway
When Lillian wears her strange colourful coat she feels like a child and indulges in flights of fancy
These three are like the witches of Macbeth; they suddenly just appeared with the birds. I wondered what they were talking about as they walked in the park early one morning; they seemed to be casting a spell.
Woman and Swan
Leda and the Swan- this could be anywhere and any time; her fate approaches closer and closer; two beauties, woman and nature
These boats seem mysterious and melancholy- ready to sail on a dark mysterious journey
A mysterious fantasy bus stop in the middle of nowhere; a nondescript bus with no one in sight- waiting for whom and going where?
Child and Sea
In this painting I am trying to express how fragile we are- the vastness of the sea behind the child- if she were afloat she would be almost lost from sight
Allison fell asleep on the couch during a snowstorm and dreamed that she was covered with a blanket of snow like the earth. Wallpaper is a favorite motif of mine and this wallpaper became snowflakes
A New Wave
A crew waits as a new kind of ship is ready to embark on a new kind of journey and a new age
Drawn to the energy created in composition, Matt’s paintings focus on creating movement through broken down forms and the interplay of colour on the canvas. He attempts to retain the essence of his subject while bringing to it a new dimension through his vibrant palette.
I chair the art procurement committee charged with art acquisitions for the incredible new Ronald McDonald House BC of which I have attached a complete description.
We are looking for donations of art that provide inspiration and hope for the families of young patients who need specialized treatment offered at BC Children’s hospital. These families will be coming from throughout BC and the Yukon.
The donations can be from artists or collectors.
We are looking for artwork which encompasses the theme of each pavilion.
The four pavilions are:
- Mountain House
- River House
- Forest House
- Beach house
As a committee we feel that artwork that is non-figurative is preferred.
If you are interested in making a submission, please contact me directly by phone or email.
Final selections will be made by the committee.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
phone: (604) 732-5353, email: matt [at] petleyjones.com
Thank you for your help,
Ronald McDonald House® BC
is a vital resource to the residents of BC and the Yukon and provides a home-away from-home for families whose seriously ill children are receiving medical treatment at BC Children’s Hospital.
Why Donate Artwork?
The positive and therapeutic impact of art on those in distress is well documented. While families are here to focus on treatment and care for their child, our goal is to ensure the positive and hopeful experience we create improves their psychological state, which is critical to dealing with the impacts of serious illness and a key component in better outcomes for patients.
Winter is a great time to think about your framing needs. From family photos to recent art acquisitions we have a huge selection of moldings to suit your taste, to enhance a painting’s beauty, make it period appropriate, or preserve it for the ages, we have the perfect frame for your fine art. Since its opening, Petley Jones Gallery has offered the highest quality in conservation framing. All framing is done in-house by our own experienced framer
The right frame can make all the difference in a work of art. John Horton has been framing his paintings in a traditional gold frame and liner. I have used Larson Juhl’s interactive frame designer to try a new look. Click on the thumbnails to have a closer look. How would you frame this painting?
Amelia Alcock-White’s “All from the Sea”, is headlining the first ever Ocean Art Exhibition. Join the Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver Art Gallery, Ocean Networks Canada, Opus Art Supplies and Coastal America for Canada’s first Ocean Art Exhibition!
As “6th&Fir” welcomes it’s new residents the street is clear again for parking. Don’t forget we also have a loading spot right in front of the gallery for picking up or dropping off.
Congratulations and thank you everyone for making this project a huge success. We sold hundreds of tickets, and raised thousands of dollars for ocean conservation! For those of you who didn’t win, you can still claim a signed limited edition print. On sale until Oct 1.
Final Newsletter: And the winners are… – http://eepurl.com/FjCv1
Bring your “All from the Sea” limited edition print into Petley Jones Gallery and receive 20% off custom framing.